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'I heard people say Lukaku was a donkey. I wanted Romelu at Chelsea and Juventus. Now I can get to work on polishing the diamond': defends Inter striker as he blasts Fabio Capello and other media over lack of 'respect' about his team and tactics Inter Milan beat Napoli 3-1 in Serie A with Romelu Lukaku hitting two goals Boss Anotnoi Conte hit back at what he felt was unfair criticism of his side Fabio Capello had labelled Inter a counter-attacking side but Conte disagreed  The coach also praised Lukaku and insisted he had wanted him for a long time 

By James Ayles For Mailonline

Published: 23:43 GMT, 6 January 2020 | Updated: 23:44 GMT, 6 January 2020

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took aim at his critics and defended two-goal Romelu Lukaku after Inter Milan beat Napoli 3-1 to move to the top of Seri A.

Lukaku struck twice before Arkadiusz Milik halved the deficit, but Lautaro Martinez's second-half effort sealed the win - yet that did not stop pundit Fabio Capello labelling Inter a counter-attacking side.

Conte took exception to the analysis and also hit back at critics of Lukaku, a £74million signing from last summer - who already has 14 goals in 18 games for his new club. 

Antonio Conte delivered a defence of his side after earning a valuable 3-1 win against Napoli

delivered a defence of his side after earning a valuable 3-1 win against Napoli

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first half in Naples on Monday night

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the first half in Naples on Monday night

'I heard people say Lukaku was a donkey… I heard all sorts not even that long ago! It's easy to speak highly of Lukaku now, but if we look back to a few weeks ago…

'I always said Romelu was a rough diamond that needed work to smooth him out. Lautaro Martinez is the same. These lads are 26 and 22 years old, they are still young.

'I wanted Romelu very strongly when I was at Chelsea, even back at Juventus. I wanted him, now I can get to work on polishing the diamond.'

Conte also rejected Capello's assessment of the display and insisted his

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